Welcome to Criminal Justice


The B.S. Sociology: Criminal Justice major is designed to prepare students (1) for entry-level positions in criminal justice and (2) for entry into a number of graduate programs such as criminal justice, corrections, police administration, and other related disciplines. Students who wish to major in criminal justice must make application for admission into the program by obtaining a Criminal Justice Student Handbook from the WSU Bookstore. The handbook includes specific requirements and application procedures. In addition to completing an application form, each student is responsible for meeting the following requirements.


  1. Completion of ENG 111 or equivalent with grade no lower than a C.
  2. Completion of the four (4) admissions courses with a minimum GPA of 2.50 and with grades no lower than C.  There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Note:  Although law violations are not included in the program's admission standards, students should be aware that law violations may limit employment opportunities.


Once admitted to the program, students must demonstrate acceptable progress in order to remain in good standing.   Acceptable progress is defined as meeting the following retention requirements:

  1. Students must maintain a 2.50 cumulative GPA for all courses taken in the Criminal Justice Program at WSU.
  2. Students must complete all coursework in the criminal justice program without a grade lower than a C.  If a student completes a course with a grade lower than C, the student must repeat the course.
  3. Students must maintain their portfolio at a level acceptable to their faculty advisor and must complete their portfolio prior to graduation.(The portfolio is a representation of the student's knowledge base and    skills; it includes research papers, report writing, videotapes, etc.).  Students should consult with their individual faculty advisors.  

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